TWO Pools fans had a shock knock at their front door as a club legend paid a surprise visit to the road named after him.
Hartlepool United’s 1991 promotion hero Joe Allon was back in Hartlepool last week and took the opportunity to drop in at Joe Allon Close, in the town.
It was quite a surprise for long-time Hartlepool United supporters Barry and Jean Costello who live in the street and heard a knock at their door only to find the former striker they watched hit the net on so many occasions for Pools standing outside.
Joe smashed 35 goals in helping Pools secure promotion 21 years ago. And he looked back on his successful career as he chatted to Barry and Jean about his career and their memories at The Vic.
Barry said: “It was lovely to see Joe, he is a real Pools legend and always will be.
“Whenever I tell people my address they will often reflect on Joe’s great goalscoring days at The Vic.
“Myself and Jean were lucky to see him score many of those memorable goals during the Cyril Knowles reign.
“I still get to the games and if we had Joe and his partner Paul Baker in the team and in their prime now we would be guaranteed promotion with the good team Colin Cooper is assembling.
“They were an awesome partnership with Brian Honour and Paul Dalton providing all the great crosses for them to head in.”
After a busy trip back to the town which is home to so many of Joe’s great memories, the former striker said: “It’s lovely that people still remember those great times we shared at The Vic, the fans and the town will forever be so special to me and my family.
“My dad is very proud of the road being named after me and I know my late mum would have been very chuffed too.
“Whenever I return to town to watch the game or speak at dinners, folk are always so warm and friendly.”
The club legend also took the time to present new strips to a competition-winning Sunday League side Raglan FC, as reported in the Mail last week.